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"Ella" is a pronoun which is often translated as "she", and "la" is a definite article which is often translated as "the". Learn more about the difference between "ella" and "la" below.
ella(
eh
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yah
)
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1. (third person singular)
a. she (subject)
Ella publicó un libro acerca de la epidemiología. She published a book about epidemiology.
b. her (object)
Voy a hablar con ella para ver si nos puede aconsejar.I'm going to talk to her and see if she can advise us.
c. it (things or animals)
Esa es mi casa. Detrás de ella hay un garaje.That's my house. Behind it, there's a garage.
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la(
lah
)
A definite article is a word that identifies a noun as as specific or known to the speaker (e.g. the girl).
1. (before singular or uncountable feminine nouns)
a. the
La pelota está en el tejado.The ball is on the roof.
La leche está en el refrigerador.The milk is in the refrigerator.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
2. (direct object replacing feminine noun)
a. her
Quiero conocer a tu esposa. Si puedes, tráela la próxima vez.I want to meet your wife. If you can, bring her next time.
b. it
La carne que probamos estaba deliciosa. ¿Podemos cenarla?The meat we tried was delicious. Can we have it for dinner?
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
3. (the sixth note on a diatonic scale)
a. la
La canción va así: "la, si, la, do".The song goes like this: "la, ti, la, do."
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